On May 7 and 8, a two-day outdoor experience promises to showcase the rich diversity of plants, animals, birds, geological formations and history in Southcentral Oklahoma. The Arbuckle-Simpson Nature Festival is a smorgasbord of informational and educational field trips and seminars participants can pick and choose from to celebrate the diversity of Oklahoma’s natural environments.

Regional naturalists and wildlife experts will act as guides on field trips and informative seminars will ultimately provide participants opportunities to explore a wide range of topics to celebrate the wonders of the Arbuckle-Simpson area of Oklahoma.

Organizers hope students will take this opportunity to be exposed to the diversity of nature in Southcentral Oklahoma.  

This year, the festival will include unique opportunities through field trips, hands-on clinics and expert presentations on a variety of subjects and geographic landscapes including Pontotoc Ridge, Blue River and some of the beautiful geological treasures of Pennington Creek . 

For the first time this year, one can participate in a nighttime tour to explore nocturnal wildlife in the area.  

Program options include bird banding (limited to 22 participants), Geological Pennington Creek Ranch (limited to 16 participants) historic tour of Tishomingo and Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, T-shirt dying, bird feeder building and much more.  

There will be evening dinners which include presentations by keynote speakers who are experts in their fields of study.  During Saturday evening’s dinner there will be the announcement of this year’s recipient of the “Dr. Bill Pennington” award, founder of the Arbuckle-Simpson Nature Festival.

Visit www.asnf.webs.com for pictures of last year’s event and a wealth of information about the region as well as online registration and full outing descriptions.  

For more information, please phone Murray State College (580) 371-2371, ext. 101 or email arbucklesimpson@ymail.com